As the chilly southerly winds hiss their way up the East Coast of Queensland, let’s take a look at some of the spots and fish species that are still hot-to-trot. Over-simplified, the East Coast bluewater scene will be challenging at best and West Coast inshore season should be spectacular.
The prevailing wind throughout the dry season will be from the southeast, making the Gulf of Carpentaria coast a pleasure to fish with the winds blowing offshore. Inshore bait schools will settle very close to the coastline and sports fishos will be targeting the pelagic species that tear through densely packed sardines, anchovies and hardiheads.
Toothy predators such as grey, Spanish, school and broad-barred mackerel can all be caught very close inshore this time of year. Anyone should be able to cruise up and down the West Coast a few kilometres from shore and find dipping gulls, circling frigates and plunging booby birds without too much trouble.
Giant trevally and large queenfish may be found even closer in again, attacking the densely packed balls of bait, often within a few hundred metres of the coast. Joining them will be veracious little steelback salmon, blue salmon, golden trevally, giant herring and wolf herring. All these speedsters will keep anglers using a variety of metal slices, jigs, plastics and flies, busy for hours.